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Columbia Missourian

Marion "Roke" Crane enjoyed spending time with his family

By Ian Servantes
January 25, 2013 | 7:49 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Parker Brothers stopped producing the board game Pollyanna in 1967, but that never stopped Marion "Roke" Crane from playing it. 

Becky Strawn, Mr. Crane's daughter, remembered her father and brothers playing the game all day long.

“They might cuss at each other, but they always had fun,” she said.

Family time wasn't limited to playing the board game. Mr. Crane's home served as a gathering place for his grown children and their families.

"We'd come over on Sundays with the kids and there was a lot of space to play football, baseball and other games," his daughter Glenda Salmon said.

Mr. Crane also helped care for his grandchildren while their parents worked.

"He was happy," Strawn said. "He liked being around his family."

Strawn said that 61 family members gathered for Mr. Crane's last Thanksgiving in 2012.

He died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. He was 90.

Mr. Crane was born on March 1, 1922, in Boone County to Walter and Eva (Martin) Crane and grew up on a farm. Before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, he was married and purchased a farm of his own.

He served in Germany and France for three years and became a corporal.

After military service, Mr. Crane worked on his farm, which he eventually expanded from approximately 100 acres to nearly 500. He raised sheep, cattle, hogs, chickens and horses, in addition to keeping cats and dogs as pets.

“He was a hard worker and a good wage-earner on the farm,” Salmon said.

Mr. Crane is survived by his two daughters, Becky Strawn and Glenda Salmon, both of Columbia; three sons, Tiry, Tim and Jeff Crane, all of Columbia; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

His wife, Wilmoth (Bennett) Crane; two children, Daniel and Janice Crane; and 10 siblings died before him.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West. Services will follow.

Memorial contributions can be made to Old Union Cemetery, c/o memorial Funeral Home, and/or Hospice Compassus, made payable to CHA Foundation, 3050 I-70 Drive SE Suite 100, Columbia MO 65201. 

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